The aim is for the program to last 6 months wherein vulnerable youth will be taught the art of writing stories (based either on the UN's 17 sustainable goals, or their own lived experience), and then bringing them to life in short documentary style films. Eventually, we would like to see this as a self-sustaining project, with previous participants advising the new recruits. Through this program, we hope to inspire social change, encourage creative self-expression, and promote education.
The youth of Sierra Leone have experienced things in life no child should have to go through. With the scars of war, the spreading of AIDS, the Ebola outbreak in 2014, and the horrific mudslide disaster in 2017, this has left hundreds of thousands orphaned. This means, that many are on the street with hardly any means to make a living and or struggling to get by in school.
Throughout the program, the youth will acquire knowledge, and learn how to be resourceful. Learning transferable skills such as time management, interpersonal communication, and organizational abilities which will help them to escape the vicious cycle of poverty as well as promote their self-esteem.
The implementation of the program will allow the participants to feel a sense of pride in their creations, and to believe that they can aim for better things as well as give back to their community. By giving previous participants the opportunity to help new participants in the program, this will create a network of youth with similar experiences and instill a sense of belonging and appreciation for their community.
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